The Iowa High School Rugby Association’s Girls' Championship took place under idle conditions, for photography at least. After having dealt with bright sunshine, clear skies, and harsh shadows while shooting the Dayton Youth Rodeo, I was more than happy to see the dreary day that greeted me when I went to shoot the Championship.
The three teams – South East Polk High School, Valley High School, and Clarke – played in a round robin format and S.E. Polk emerged victorious. The game was attended by a sparse, but vocal crowd.
What impressed me most was the sportsmanship of the players – rugby, even at this level, is a not a gentle sport. When one team lost too many players to injury, S.E. Polk loaned them players. It was obvious that all of the coaches knew each other and were attempting to instill in players an understanding of the sport and a sense of respect for their competition.
But when play started, they didn’t hold anything back. I imagine more than a few showed up to school, after the weekend, with bruises and scrapes.
Iowa High School Rugby Association – Girls' Championship
South East Polk High School – Champions
October 13, 2012